Gold Beach Hiking: Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail
Located in an old-growth forest that has evolved over hundreds of years. Stroll among these giant trees and learn about the many facets of the forest. These old-growth forests of the Oregon Coast are national treasures for those with a keen eye for discovery. With in a canopy of big firs and cedars, a story is waiting to be told that involves the tiniest of insects and the oldest of plants. It is a story of people, the forest, the past and the future, and the constant renewal.
This short hike is one of the best opportunities to see an old-growth forest close to the coast, providing botanical observation, interpretive opportunities, solitude, and wildflower viewing opportunities.
The Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail is not designed for pack and saddle, mountain bike, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive vehicles. Watch the signage at the trailhead for more details.
Directions: Follow U.S. Highway 101 to the Rogue River bridge. On the south side of the river, follow Jerry’s Flat Road approximately 10 miles upriver to the Lobster Creek Campground. Turn right on Forest Road 090 for 2 miles to the trailhead on the left side of the road.